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Anthony Appleyard

Bookkeepers and WoIaF books

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A nuisance that Tolkien fans have had in bookshops is difficulty finding Tolkien books because the bookshop shopkeeper has put them in the science-fiction section. Do people wanting World of Ice and Fire books run into the same nuisance?

 

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Most general bookstores here in Sweden group SF and Fantasy together, so it's not hard to find things. And the SF specialist bookshop chain separates SF and Fantasy, and know where the book belongs (not least because we occasionally drop by the two main branches and sign a few copies when they want).

Amusingly, when our Swedish publisher had the book out at a big book fair, they slotted it into the "General Interest" category for lack of any other new SF/F books in their catalog at the time. So as I recall it was beside a cookbook on one side and a nude photography art book on the other.

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On 11/13/2019 at 4:00 PM, Ran said:

Most general bookstores here in Sweden group SF and Fantasy together, so it's not hard to find things. And the SF specialist bookshop chain separates SF and Fantasy, and know where the book belongs (not least because we occasionally drop by the two main branches and sign a few copies when they want).

Amusingly, when our Swedish publisher had the book out at a big book fair, they slotted it into the "General Interest" category for lack of any other new SF/F books in their catalog at the time. So as I recall it was beside a cookbook on one side and a nude photography art book on the other.

Well at least it will have drawn the eye to the WoIaF :P 

fantasy and sci-fi are technically shelved separate in most stores but given the overlap/lack of clear boundaries between the two (talking the borderline stuff here, obviously. In many cases its clear as day), and the layout of most bookstores, there is a lot of intermingling. 

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